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Ethnic diversity and value sharing: A longitudinal social network perspective on interactive group processes

Meeussen, L, Agneessens, Filip, Delvaux, E and Phalet, K (2018) Ethnic diversity and value sharing: A longitudinal social network perspective on interactive group processes British Journal of Social Psychology.

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Abstract

People often collaborate in groups that are increasingly diverse. As research predominantly investigated effects of diversity, the processes behind these effects remain understudied. We follow recent research that shows creating shared values is important for group functioning but seems hindered in high diversity groups – and use longitudinal social network analyses to study two interpersonal processes behind value sharing: creating relations between members or ‘social bonding’ (network tie formation and homophily) and sharing values – potentially through these relationships – or ‘social norming’ (network convergence and influence). We investigate these processes in small interactive groups with low and high ethnic diversity as they collaborate over time. In both low and high diversity groups, members showed social bonding and this creation of relations between members was not organized along ethnic lines. Low diversity groups also showed social norming: Members adjusted their relational values to others they liked and achievement values converged regardless of liking. In high diversity groups, however, there was no evidence for social norming. Thus, ethnic diversity seems to especially affect processes of social norming in groups, suggesting that targeted interventions should focus on facilitating social norming to stimulate value sharing in high diversity groups.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Meeussen, LUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Agneessens, Filipf.agneessens@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Delvaux, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Phalet, KUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 8 January 2018
Identification Number : 10.1111/bjso.12237
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018 The British Psychological Society. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Meeussen, L., Agneessens, F., Delvaux, E. and Phalet, K. (2018), Ethnic diversity and value sharing: A longitudinal social network perspective on interactive group processes. Br. J. Soc. Psychol.. doi:10.1111/bjso.12237, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bjso.12237/full. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 07 Feb 2018 08:55
Last Modified : 07 Feb 2018 08:55
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/845762

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